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♪ well, it's almost impossible these days to go without a cell phone. yours is right there, as always. but between the minutes, the data usage, the bills can hurt the budget. >> some estimated $52 billion spent on cell phone plans is money wasted. abc's paula faris shows us how to save the big bucks. >> hi. >> reporter: he doesn't see his two young daughters nearly enough. a divorced dad splits his time with the ex.
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so they told us cell phones are the next best things. >> love you. >> love you too, dad. >> reporter: who hear has a cell phone? bill is paying for three phones. how much is your bill? >> it's $311 right now. >> reporter: a bill that's weighed down by the extras, like texting and data. are much are you instagraming? >> every two hours. >> reporter: we're going to cut down bill's cost without cutting down on his family time. >> when i see this bill, i'm not happy about it. >> reporter: enter todd dunphy. for years, he worked at verizon, but now he has co-founded save love give. on todd's site, you can make sure your plan is a perfect fit. all you have to do is plug in your phone number. >> we look at all the usage and charges and we compare it to what's available. bill was guys eight gigabytes of data a month but only using 2 1/2. and by bundling talking and
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texting in one new plan, he could save big, nearly $1,200 a year. >> holy -- >> reporter: look for sneaky charges, like 411. tip number three, get your discount. tens of thousands of companies work with cell phone carriers to get their employees discounts. but the key, you have to ask for it. >> now this company was bought by ibm, they have a 23%, 24%, they have a 25% discount. >> reporter: that's $200 a year simply by typing in his work e-mail address on his carrier's website. now all that's left for phil is switching plans. watch phil put our tips to the test. >> i'm going to go with that 6 gig plan. >> reporter: it will put $1,368 back in phil's pocket this year. >> and that's real money. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, massachusetts. coming up still ahead, some
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very good news for our colleague and friend, robin roberts. >> she made a very big announcement yesterday. we'll let you hear it for yourself. stay with us. "world news now"
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good news this morning. "good morning america" co-anchor rocking robin roberts says she's almost ready to come back to work. that is why this is, boom, one of our favorite stories of the day. >> yesterday, robin spoke live with ore co-anchor and looked amazing while doing it. as abc's reena ninan tells, robin still has some time to heal, but eager to come on home. >> reporter: it's the news robin roberts has been eager to share.
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>> i can begin the process of returning to the anchor chair. i'm coming home. >> reporter: in a live interview from her home, "good morning america" anchor robin roberts announced she's mending well and plans to return to work. >> going to take it step by step. again, we're talking about weeks, not months. >> reporter: roberts took medical leave while seeking treatment for a bone marrow disorder. the condition developed while undergoing chemo therapy for breast cancer. >> this has been brutal. ever ataking 10 or 15 tablets. whether you have enough energy to get out of bed. >> reporter: doctors save her the thumbs up to return after her last test showed no abnormalities. >> it's like an athlete coming off injured reserve. they don't go back to the starting lineup. >> reporter: while you won't see her on air immediately, she'll be doing dry runs to see how her body reacts. her immune system is still rebuilding. she's still unable to get a flu
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shot. doctors say her body won't respond to it. hugs are off limits for now. she said she would like to return in february, adding she has a day in mind that's personal to her. reena ninan, abc news, washington. >> she looks so great. she says the dry run may start next week, waking back up at 4:00 a.m. getting back to that schedule. >> you need to get your body readjusted. >> she's going to wake up at 4:00, hair, makeup, and when she feels right, she'll be back. she said the one thing she's not missed is the alarm clock. which every reporter can relate to. but almost 140 days ago since her transplant. so it's a remarkable recovery. >> it is, it is. >> strong family and strong faith, strong lady and she's coming back. a long road but she did it. . >> she sure did. >> welcome back home, robin.
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welcome back, everybody, to a very special mix. a lot of fashion stuff going on today. apparently, london men's fashion week came to a close last week. we wanted to share with you one of the highlights. basically it's called man summers. >> i like that. >> laced trim pieces, such as hot pants, cycling shorts. the suit jackets are very overcoats. >> oh, see. i understand that look. >> this is lacey lingerie for men. something a big hit for men during london's men's fashion week last week. >> i like these looks. >> you're a fan of this? >> i'm a fan of this, yes. >> you see a man on the beach, at the bar wearing that, you're like, i'm going to go for that? >> yes. >> if you were single. >> if they looked like that. that's a no brainer. >> to pull off that look, you
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have to be pretty cocky. next. it is national hat day. i love hats. i do fascinators. >> miss middleton, okay. >> that's my easter -- >> do you wear these things? >> absolutely. this is one of my faves. >> gives you a little cat sound. >> what is very interesting. celebrating national hat day and fans can get delicious deals for the arby's new chocolate cake by visiting and signing a white house petition, because they want their company's ten gallon hat logo as the national hat of america. >> this is the only hat that you need. casual style. my north carolina tarheels hat. >> is that a yankees hat? >> no. >> i don't like that hat. >> this is a hat i got back on the morning show back in new
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orleans. they gave me one of these for posterity. >> nice. >> i would save this for church. it looks good. >> talking about fashion. there's a study about bags that i find fascinating. >> how you carry a bag tells a lot about your personal. first we have the commish. he's carrying his over his arm. >> it's an arm crook hook. that means empowerment. now we have -- >> jamie, one of our producers. >> this means you're lazy. and then we have amanda, our other producer. that means she's sort of insecure. which is how new yorkers carry their bags.
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this morning on "world news now," sorry cyclist. caught up in a far-reaching doping scandal, lance armstrong is now apologizing. >> why this is a very costly move for armstrong, who has denied for years that he's taken performance enhancing drugs. it's tuesday, january 15. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good tuesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. we'll get right to the armstrong apology in just a moment, because really that is, i think, the headline today. >> absolutely. and a complete fall from grace after years of strong, passionate denials to everybody. >> almost belligerent in his denial. >> to everybody, cameras, in court, to his sponsors, his friends. and now the truth has finally come out.
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also this morning, major developments in the gun control debate. the president may bypass congress to call for reforms, while one state is beating the feds, passing the nation's first gun reform deal since the newtown massacre. >> not the only state to take action. things are starting to unroll a little bit on that issue. later this half hour, an unlikely weapon in the war on obesity. how the maker of a sugary soft drink is joining the battle to fight fat. and she looked so fine sunday night at the golden globes. find out who is putting a stop to the rumors about the sexy and glamorous anne hathaway. that's coming up in "the skinny." before all of that, lance armstrong. sources say the disgraced former cycling champ is now talking to authorities about paying back some of the u.s. postal service's money, which it paid to sponsor one of armstrong's teams. >> that comes after an interview with oprah winfrey which he
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admitted cheating during his cycling career. admitted cheating. abc's brandi hitt joins us with details. good morning, brandi. >> reporter: good morning rob and sunny. after years of lying to the world, and his fans, abc news has learned lance armstrong has finally admitted to doping. the question now is, can he save his tarnished career and reputation? lance armstrong has come clean according to abc news sources and confessed to oprah winfrey that he did in fact use performance enhancing drugs to win the tour de france. oprah tweeted, just wrapped with lance armstrong. more than 2 1/2 hours. he came ready. one source even said the interview was emotional at times. for years, armstrong was insistent he never used drugs. >> i have never doped. >> reporter: even under oath. >> i can't be clearer that i've never taken drugs. >> reporter: but he appeared to go on an apology tour. sources tell abc news, armstrong stood before live strong staff members, the charity he founded, and took responsibility for the
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damage his actions have caused the foundation. >> i think he believes very earnestly that he's got to move forward and he's at a place where he's nowhere left to move other than make this apology. >> reporter: and remember his teammates who broke their silence, sparking the downfall of the former champion. >> i think the team had become paranoid the police was watching the hotel room. >> reporter: sources say armstrong is also attempting to apologize to former friends. >> it's stunning that he's doing. this but i think it shows it's a window into lance's world and how desperate he is and how much he misses competing. >> reporter: lance armstrong's interview with oprah is set to air on thursday. and the u.s. anti-doping agency offered to reduce his lifetime ban if he did come forward. rob and sunny, back to you. >> thanks, brandi. >> almost a total fall from grace. plus there's the legal issue. besides the financial issue, the legal issue, he denied in court that he had ever used drugs. that's perjury. >> and we know people have gone down for that.
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especially sports athletes, remember marion anderson. >> yeah. >> i just wonder if he does, if he, he comes clean now and i suppose the rumor is he wants to still compete. does that make sense? he's 41 years old. he's got this huge scandal and he belligerently denied these accusations. how do you come back from that? i know that this is a start. i'm just not so sure he'll ever be able to compete again. >> not at the same level and probably not in the tour at all. also this is interesting, too. he's going to testify against officials from the international cycling union, but not against actual players or actual other cyclists. but officials with that governing body. and also could work in a federal whistleblower with the department of justice about a cycling team sponsored by the u.s. postal service. so he has the ability to rat out a lot of officials and people.
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so his next steps legally should be fascinating because it's going to continue to unravel. >> perhaps if he's being advised, it will be a way for him to avoid any real penalties, any jail time. he needs to cooperate. >> but his credibility is so damaged. what kind of witness is he going to make? >> i know. moving on to other news this tuesday morning. president obama has started weighing his options as he takes action with plans for tougher gun control laws. the president says he knows he faces an uphill fight, trying to get congress to go along with an assault weapons ban. in the wake of the sandy hook elementary school massacre, mr. obama said he will consider using executive powers to bring about change. >> if there's a step we can take to save even one child from what happened in newtown, we should take that step. >> the president is reviewing proposals from vice president biden who was asked to head up a task force to stop gun violence. more details are expected later this week. new york state is not
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waiting for federal action to crack down on guns. governor andrew cuomo and state lawmakers reached a deal on the country's first new gun control measure following the newtown shooting. the senate voted late last night and today the assembly is expected to approve some of the most restrictive gun laws in america, including tougher background checks and expanded assault weapons ban. former president george h.w. bush wakes up at home today for the first time in almost two months. he was released from a hospital in houston yesterday. he was admitted back on november 23rd for treatment of bronchitis and a bad cough. mr. bush, who is 88 years old, released a statement saying he's deeply grateful for the care he received and all the get-well wishes. as the flu continues to spread across the country, hospitals are cracking down on workers who simply refused to get a flu shot. patients are allowed to turn down the vaccine, but many doctors and nurses are not being
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given that option. at least 15 nurses and other hospital staff have been fired over the past two months for not getting the shot. opponents cite allergies, religious reasons and concerns over the vaccine's effectiveness. that is interesting that they could refuse to get it. i mean, the reasons are understandable. >> i don't know that they can really refuse. the flu outbreak forced another school district to close this time in southern illinois. public health experts to call off classes for three days. more than 50 students there came down with the flu, and that's more than 20% of the student population. and some daycare centers have shut down, as well. >> we're trying to bleach the toys with an extra strong solution of bleach. we do clean them regularly, but to hopefully prevent some of the extra germs, we're doing some extra cleaning. >> once schools reopen thursday, every student will have to get their temperature taken to make
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sure they're well enough to go to school. and a major announcement later today from the nation's largest retailer. walmart says it will hire more than 100,000 military vets over the next five years. the hiring program officially kicks off on memorial day, may 27. the company says it will hire every veteran who wants a job, provided he or she left the service within the last year without a dishonorable discharge. and apple might not be waiting too much longer before releasing another new ipad. the ipad 4 came out last october and now there's word the ipad 5 will be released in march. it's believed it will be lighter and thinner than the current version. also now expected in march is the second generation of the ipad mini. >> it never stops. a bit of a bummer story here, i guess. sleeping may soon be banned at the public library in iowa city, iowa.
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the current rule is that library visitors can sleep and workers wake anyone up who happens to be snoring. but some staffers and library users have complained that sleepers make them uncomfortable and they also take up limited space there in the library. the issue will be considered by the library's trustees next week. >> libraries are the best place to catch a quick nap. my goodness. scrooges over there. a basketball shot that's unlikely to be repeated this season. it happened in atlanta at halftime at a hawk's game. >> a season ticketholder would win $1,000 for hitting a half court shot. wait for it, wait for it. it's up and oh, that is where the ball ended up, right on back of the rim. >> it was such a rare occurrence that the hawks did the right thing and gave the guy his $1,000 prize any way. good for him. >> i like it. not only did he make his money, the hawks won the game. enjoy the cash, dude. coming up in "the skinny," how justin bieber is responding to complaints about his
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♪ in perfect harmony ♪ i would like to buy the world a coke and keep it company ♪ you're getting into it. look at you. go ahead, girl. >> i used to sing that all the time as a child. >> really? >> i'm totally dating myself. >> i'm sure your parents loved it. >> you just heard my singing skills. we've come a long way from celebrating sugary goodness in a bottle with a little harmony. between pressure from lawmakers and anti-obesity advocates, these are tough times for soft drink makers. >> so coca cola has unveiled an ad campaign that sings a very different tune. here's abc's jim avila. >> ice cold coca cola. >> reporter: coca cola in 1961, advertising the original coke as a diet beverage. >> there's no waistline worry with coke. >> reporter: now most studies say that's not true. so a new ad from coke, claiming to be part of the obesity solution, not the problem.
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>> of more than 650 beverages, we now offer over 180 low and no calorie choices. >> reporter: coke reacting to a full-fledged assault on sugary sodas that include school bans, proposed taxes and an often mocked new york city effort to eliminate large sizes. >> oh, no, i'm on the run from johnny law. >> reporter: but many feel it's no joke. after all, the average american gets 45 gallons of sugary soft drinks a year. that's 1 1/2 barrels of soda pop. in fact, sugary sodas are the single largest source of calories in the american diet. even this small can have some six sugar cubes in it. the regular size, 14 sugar cubes. and this super big gulp, some 32 sugar cubes. critics argue they're not just ordinary calories either. they're empty of nutrition and don't tell the body it's full. >> with beverages, we'll drink
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the calories and consume more food on top of those calories. >> reporter: coke's new commercial promotes exercise programs to work off what you drink. but for the world's largest soda maker today, it's no coke and a smile. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> yes, indeed. coming up next, is she or isn't she? the big question that anne hathaway is facing. and controversial comments by howard stern that led to another high-profile apology. that's coming up next in "the skinny." ♪ skinny, so skinny
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♪ skinny, so skinny skinny in the house! >> you sound like a wounded wolf. >> does willis have the flu? >> are you doing all right, willis? >> i'm fine. >> you got your flu shot? >> i'm all right, guys. i'm fine. >> it's interesting. we were talking about anne hathaway yesterday. i thought she looked gorgeous in that sort of white chanel. but then julian ransic started this big rumor saying that anne hathaway was pregnant. i don't know, when i looked at her dress, she didn't look preggers to me. she didn't look like she was hiding a baby bump to me. she looked very, very thin.
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now her publicist, her spokesman has moved very quickly to dismiss the gossip saying no, she's not pregnant. so for all of you on twitter and facebook, anne hathaway is not expecting. >> that's the official word. glad we clarified that. >> she looked gorgeous. >> she looked great, she did. also, howard stern back in the news again. apparently he went on his show last monday and took aim at lina dunn, the girl there on the left, start of the big hit "girls," which she stars in, directs, writes. she's a huge hit. she just won a golden globe for her role. not only did she win, but the show won. any way, last monday, stern got on his show and called her a little fat girl who kind of looks like jonah hill. i learned that this little fat chick writes and directs the show, and that makes sense to me because she's such a camera hog and the other characters are barely on. he went on the air and complained about her. >> he has a lot of nerve. >> then he took the word back.
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called it a hatchet job and put an olive job out and said he felt bad and has reached out to the show to have her come on the air and explain himself and perhaps apologize. says he's a huge fan of the show and he doesn't want her to get the wrong impression of what he thinks. >> how could she not get the wrong impression? he called her the f word. >> fat. >> i would never appear on his show. why should she help his ratings? moving right along. i don't like that. >> you're not a stern fan, i take it? >> i'm not, i'm not. >> howard, call her. >> don't call me names, howard. because i'm coming right back at you. >> game on. justin bieber, who i just think is very talented and really dealing with a lot of criticism, he's also getting criticism for his baggy pants. he wears a lot of baggy pants. well, he tweeted this instagram photo saying look, i wear skinny jeans, too.
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so everybody back up off me. i don't know, i like the baggy better. the skinny looks a little like meggings. >> i rather you sag than be all wrapped up in some skinny jeans. >> i'm not feeling it. >> it's a weird look to me. whatever, biebs. it doesn't matter. jackie chan is in the news. i never knew about his politics, but here you go. in an interview on chinese television, called america one of the most corrupt countries in the world. you should know that jackie is a supporter of the chinese communist party. he admitted china has its own corruption issues. in addition to human rights issues. but he also once said chinese people need to be controlled. otherwise they would do whatever they want. so he supports the communist party, but also takes aim at america. but see, he loves the money given to his movies. you took that money, didn't you, jackie? salute.
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♪ that song soothes my jackie chan anger. >> you were fired up. >> don't come take our money and talk about us. stay in your country and make the same money. see what happens. this is kind of a truth of life. a hot ride can be a chick magnet. >> but there's a new hot rod in town attracting a different kind of bird. this story from trent kelly in gainesville, florida. >> our bird, when he doesn't get the attention he wants, he screams.
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>> reporter: 29-year-old andrew gray was tired of listening to the parrot scream. in an effort to stop it, he decided to put his computer engineering skills to test, creating the one and only bird buggy. >> most people are really surprised and they stare a lot because it doesn't seem right, it doesn't seem natural. >> reporter: he says it took him four months to build the buggy and another three just to get pepper on it. >> it took a lot just to get him on it. >> reporter: but after using treats, gray says it's been smooth sailing ever since, generating a lot of buzz among his friends. >> they're surprised. it's a really odd sight to see an animal driving a robot. in fact, i haven't seen anything like it on the internet. >> reporter: in fact, pepper's youtube video has racked up close to 800,000 views, making
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the parrot, and more importantly, his owner, very happy. >> pepper looks like he's having a good time. i don't know if he is or isn't, but he likes the treats. so he participates. >> reporter: reporting from gainesville, florida, i'm trent kelly for abc news. >> parrots are very smart birds. so he was able to learn how to do that. i love animals. i like birds. i have birds. well, i had a bird. petey died recently. >> what was it, a car crash? how did petey die? >> of natural causes. i don't know. he just died. >> i'm sorry to hear that. you do love birds. >> you don't like birds. >> i'm not -- you now how i feel about it. but i'm glad petey is getting around. got his little horn on the car. this is "abc's "world news now" informing insomn
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this morning on "world news now," taking aim at gun violence. president obama says he'll be ready within days to announce a new plan for tougher gun laws. >> all this as our a new poll finds significant support for tougher gun control measures. it's tuesday, january 15. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. good morning, everybody. we're going to have the results of our new poll and what americans think about gun control laws a month after sandy hook. that's coming up in just a second. but the trend is clear in terms of public sentiment and whether it impacts capitol hill, who knows. but the numbers are the numbers. also this half hour, millions of people living with some of the worst pollution on the planet, a city where it's dangerous simply to breathe the air. imagine, and i think you'll hear
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this in the piece, they're comparing breathing the air in beijing to smoking. that's how bad it is. and the pictures tell it. look at that. and then we'll take you to the front lines of the fight against the flu. 48 hours inside hospitals that are flooded day and night with new cases. >> a shout out to abc reporter linsey davis who spent those 48 hours in a hospital in boston. she's now quarantined in the basement of abc for a few days. but she did some great reporting before that. later in the show, from tipping the scales at more than 400 pounds to triathlons, the woman running, swimming and biking her way to a whole new life. definitely an inspiration. >> very difficult to do. but first, as vice president joe biden gets ready to make his recommendations on curbing gun violence as soon as today, the majority of americans polled by abc news backs major reform. >> here are the numbers. 71% support a new federal
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database that tracks gun sales. meanwhile, 58% favor a ban on assault weapons, while 55% agree with the nra plan to put armed guards in schools. abc's karen travers is covering this ongoing debate. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, sunny. yesterday, president obama held the last press conference of his first term. he wasn't really willing to go into details about what he's considering on gun control. but he took a lot of questions on that very explosive issue. after the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary, president obama said the nation needed to change. and now he's poised to announce his own game plan on gun control. >> if there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in newtown, we should take that step. >> reporter: president obama received recommendations from vice president biden. they include stronger background checks for all gun purchases.
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a ban on high capacity magazine clips and renewed ban on assault weapons. >> my starting point is not to worry about the politics. my starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works. >> reporter: he may have the public's support, but president obama is facing a tough fight on capitol hill. nearly 300 members of congress have an "a" rating from the nra. for their opposition to all gun control measures. and gun rights advocates are out in full force, saying this is a battle they're going to win. >> we don't think that there's much likelihood that the congress is going to move on making gun control laws worse than they are. >> reporter: with just the threat of stricter laws, gun sales have soared as americans rushed to stock up. president obama chalked that up to success by the gun industry as ginning up irrational fear. >> it obviously is good for business. >> reporter: president obama said responsible gun owners have nothing to worry about. but no surprise, the nra disagrees and say that none of
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the proposals the white house is even considering will make a difference. rob and sunny, back to you. >> lots of questions. what will congress do or not do? what executive powers will the president choose to exercise. you may not see much action on the federal level, but the states are moving on this issue. new york, maryland is beginning to act, as well. so what you don't see federally, you may see state by state in some parts of the country. >> one of the numbers from our study that was interesting to me is that 55% agree with the nra plan to put armed guards in schools. i'm just not so sure that parents are that comfortable, at least parents i've spoken to, are that comfortable with armed guard there is their schools. >> i don't think anyone wants to feel like they're sending their kids to a prison like setting. but on the other hand, they want to feel safe. if something does happen, there is someone there to take care of it. if all the polls now, at least for right now, are suggesting
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americans support these steps, but congress does nothing, it always fascinates me, because it suggests a fundamental gap in representative democracy. if the country feels this way, capitol hill has to get something done. there's a fundamental problem if they don't take any action when public sentiment is so strongly on the side of all this. >> agreed, agreed. >> we'll see what happens, whether there's the political will. but the public seems to be taking issues, that's for sure. moving on to some other news, a suburban new york home that was listed on a published map of pistol permit owners has been burglarized. but police say there's no direct evidence that the map is what led to the crime. the local newspaper posted an online map identifying handgun permit holders and their addresses. that triggered a big debate over whether such information was dangerous or not. the newspaper and some staffers have actually received threats. >> isn't it remarkable? i live in westchester county, not too far from judge janeane piro, she's a gun owner, friend of mine. she talks all the time about being a gun owner and her home
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is on that map and she is livid. this is such a big issue. but it is a public list, though. >> that's what the newspaper says. it is public information and they have a right to publish it. but what good comes out of it is the gray area. the fight over the national debt is heating up. the treasury secretary is warning lawmakers that the government will exhaust its borrowing limit as soon as mid february. that's earlier than expected. president obama warned that social security checks and veteran's benefits could be delayed if his opponents do not vote to increase the federal debt limit. at least one of president obama's original cabinet members is staying for a second term. education secretary arne duncan says he has no plans to leave. the former head of the chicago public school system, duncan has received generally good marks over the past four years. justice clarence thomas did something at a supreme court argument monday for the first time in nearly seven years. he spoke.
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what he said, though, is not completely clear, and it was apparently a joke about ivey league lawyers. thomas has not asked a single question in court since february of 2006. >> remarkable. the u.s. is promising to help france as the french military goes after insurgents linked to al qaeda in western africa. french warplanes unleashed an assault on the rebels in mali, who still managed to grab more territory as they try to close in on that country's capital. defense secretary leon panetta says the u.s. will help france with intelligence and airlift support. in beijing, the thick blanket of haze is forcing the chinese government to be unusually candid. the most severe air pollution on record is expected to last another day or longer. millions of people are wearing masks or staying indoors. abc's gloria riviera is there. >> reporter: the sun was shining in beijing, but you wouldn't know it. just being outside can make eyes
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itch and throats burn. this would be my lung tweeted one chinese resident. and time lapse photos showed how chemical clouds made buildings disappear. zero wind, freezing temperatures and factories going full tilt made this week a perfect storm for pollution. at its peak, pollution hit 755 in beijing, making breathing extremely hazardous. by comparison, the worst polluted city in the u.s., bakersfield, california, hit a high of 159 last year. it's super toxic air. >> particle pollution like that can cause heart attacks and strokes that can kill people. it's lethal. >> reporter: this photo shows what an air filter looks like after just 24 hours in beijing. watch me wipe a thin layer that's accumulated on most cars. that's soot and grime. this is my own air purifier. watch this. that's what we're breathing in beijing. one expert told me it's like
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becoming an instant smoker. beijing did issue emergency warnings for the first time ever this year, signs the government can't avoid problems everyone can see. gloria riviera, abc news, beijing. >> that is a startling story. people in southern california are in for another frigid morning as a record cold snap freezes the southwest. temperatures in l.a. dipped to a record 34 degrees yesterday, just shy of the freezing point. and on top of that, the weather may be to blame for the death of a homeless man found on a downtown l.a. sidewalk. farmers in the southwest are holding out hope that their crops can be saved. they are covering up fruits and veggies from california to arizona to protect them from the frost. it can take farmers ten days to determine how badly the crops have been damaged. it's hard to believe those are scenes from southern california. >> i know. and folks probably don't have coats and winter gear because it never gets that cold. >> why would they in l.a.?
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you know what i mean? well, for the rest of us, here's your tuesday forecast. light snow for the colorado rockies, billings and the dakotas. cooler in the northeast with morning rain and sleet from boston to new york. heavy rain from the mid-atlantic to houston. >> just 39 in dallas. the 60s from new orleans to atlanta. 40s in the northeast. 30s from kansas city to detroit and only the upper 40s in phoenix. all right. time for some fishing. but we don't need a pole or net. like this guy, all we have to do is lay down on the dock with a piece of bait in hand. just trying to be a hero. just like that, we'll have a fish on our arms, too. look at that. >> this video was shot in florida. it's believed that our fearless fisherman wanted to catch that tarpon by hand. after the wrestling match on the dock, the fish makes its way back into the water.
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>> no word on how sore the guy's arm was in the aftermath of that little scene. >> i mean, look at that! it almost looks like the fish was biting him. >> that's a big fish. are you kidding me? >> who's screaming? >> help the dude. put down the camera. >> look, look at the fish! >> fish 1, dude 0. >> exactly. coming up next, wouldn't it be fun to give awards to award shows? we'll give it a try. and the woman who used to weigh more than 400 pounds. her journey to one of the toughest athletic challenges around. you're watching "world news now." "world news now" weather brought to you by colonel penn life insurance. it's time to change the way we clean.
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the flu epidemic is hitting the flu epidemic is hitting hard. 47 states are reporting widespread cases, flu vaccine supplies are running low, and two states have declared emergencies. >> boston is on the front lines of this flu fight, and abc's linsey davis spent 48 hours on the hospital front lines. >> reporter: this 2-year-old is spending her friday in the emergency room at boston children's hospital. cassie's mom, megan, is especially concerned because she was born prematurely, putting her in the highest risk category for serious complications. so doctors don't waste any time. they admit her immediately. and they are about to find out they have company. lots of it. kids with sniffles, fevers and coughs in every room.
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all of boston's world famous hospitals are operating in overdrive. at mass general, boston's biggest hospital in the center of the city, there were 72 confirmed cases of the flu last week alone. shane has a temperature of 104 degrees. he's already been out of work for four days. >> it's costing me financially and lost time, and maybe my job. >> you ought to be wearing the mask when you're in public and keep yourself away from people. wash your hands all the time. >> reporter: four miles away back at children's hospital, cassie now needs chest x-rays, her lungs full of mucous. just down the hall is 4-month-old casen page, born with congenital heart disease. for children like casen, the flu can be a matter of life and death. and at brigham hospital, doctors pay close attention to elderly patients, who are also at
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high-risk of complications from the flu. 18 people have already died from the flu in massachusetts. the best way to protect yourself -- >> get a flu shot. it's not too late. >> reporter: just six miles away at the east boston neighborhood health center, people seem to be taking that advice to heart. they've already given out 20,000 flu shots this season, more than 700 on this day alone. and a decline in flu admissions over the weekend suggest things are looking up in this city that's sick and tired of being sick. >> puts a real face on this situation. a real quick stat here. 62% of infectious rate on this. for little kids, they say the nasal vaccine is what works best. >> it's like 83% effective with the nasal for children. bottom line, it's better than not getting any shot at all. >> unless you're allergic or something. still ahead from morbidly obese, to triathlete, a woman shares her inspiring journey.
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>> but losing hundreds of pounds was only the beginning. we'll tell you about her next goal, one that only a few athletes achieve. that's coming up next. "world news
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>> my knees hurt. my back hurt. i had high blood pressure. i was prediabetic. i was going down a bad path. >> reporter: amy smith knew she was big. but since the scale only went to 300 pounds, she didn't know how big. she finally weighed herself one day and was shocked when it said 427 pounds. >> i sat and cried. i had no idea i had gotten that heavy. >> reporter: but she stayed that way for years. when she had her second daughter, the c-section went terribly wrong. because of her weight. >> everything hinged back upon my weight. depression, my knees hurting, not being able to move. i figured i would be the 600 pound bedridden mom. >> reporter: it was then that amy decided to save herself. she had gastric bypass surgery and enrolled at the local y. >> i just stood and did the movements basically. i couldn't sit down for three days. >> reporter: then she signed up for a couch to 5k program and learned to run and realized she wanted to learn to swim. but she had never done that before. >> i couldn't put my face in the
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water the first class. it was very painful. just a year later, she runs, bikes and swims. amy has completed two triathlons and two half marathons. eventually she wants to do an iron man. >> there's a group of us out there that have had weight loss surgery who are athletes now. i can say it. i was never comfortable saying that. >> reporter: but her coach has called her an athlete for a long time. >> i've never worked with anybody quite like amy. she started her journey by losing weight on her own with no guidance and not really knowing what to do other than the fact that she thought she was going to die and she needed to do something. >> you can walk one step today because that's all you can do. then try it and try it twice. it's just working with what you've got today. >> what's interesting, she says if she had to do it all over again, she wouldn't get the gastric bypass. she would just try to do it like this. >> either way, she came out on top. looking good. >> unbelievable. well done. >> we'll be back with more right after this. stay with us, everybody..
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♪ that's a catchy little tune. if you saw the list of winners or the fashion hits and misses, you got some of the flavor of sunday night's golden globes. >> but you didn't see it through the unique eyes of abc's nick watt.
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here's his take. >> reporter: okay, here is our list of the real winners for behavior during the long ceremony. >> look how drunk glenn close is. >> best audience participation -- glenn close. worst audience participation. tommy lee jones. maybe he's laughing, on the inside. most emotional, honest and open. jodie foster. >> i am -- single. >> reporter: cruellest joke. >> i haven't been following the controversy over "zero dark thirty," but when it comes to torture, i trust the lady that spent three years married to james cameron. >> reporter: best reference to saint meryl streep. >> meryl streep is not here tonight. she has the flu. and i hear she's amazing in it. >> what does this say?
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i beat meryl. >> reporter: most presidential. daniel day lewis. also nominated, bill clinton. >> what an exciting special guest. that was hillary clinton's husband. >> reporter: and the best dressed nominations, clooney, clooney, clooney. and the winner is clooney. most beautiful, tina fey. these are my awards, i decide. and best acceptance speech by a new mom that doesn't get out much these days, adele. >> oh, my god! oh, my god! >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> that was one of the better, funnier shows in recent years. amy and tina fey, for me, permanent gig i think. let these two have a crack at it. >> that was amazing. >> very good stuff. congrats to all the winners and the host last night. more from abc news coming up next. where is our golden globes? >> i know. the host last night. more from abc news coming up next. ñsñsñ
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this morning on "world news now," back pedaling. lance armstrong finally admits to doping to win the tour de france. >> and abc news has learned armstrong is now talking about naming names of others involved with performance enhancing drugs. it's tuesday, january 15. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. after years of denial, the lance armstrong admissions are coming fast and furious. we'll have new details in just a moment. >> it's a big moment and a lot more potentially to come. so it's a watershed moment and it ain't over. >> and the interview with oprah will be airing on thursday. so we will all learn a lot more. >> oprah tweeted something, that he came ready. so should be interesting. also this half hour, turning their pain into a force for
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good. parents in newtown join together in an anti-violence movement to try to spare other families their shattering grief. >> yesterday was the one-month anniversary of that massacre. sometimes it feels like seconds and other times it feels like years. and then it's four years since a miracle on the anniversary of that incredible landing on the hudson. how the story of flight 1549 continues to live on. we all remember that news day. >> i can't believe it's been four years. i remember that. >> we're getting old fast. then no secret, why this is our favorite story of the day. our friend, robin roberts, just about ready to return to all her viewers and her family right here at abc. >> she looks great and you can tell her spirit is in a good place. it comes right through the screen. so we're counting the days to
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when robin takes her change back at "gma." lance armstrong climbed many mountains on his way to his seven tour de france titles. >> and now he's coming clean about his drug use during his cycling career. as abc's neal karlinsky reports, it's an effort that got under way yesterday with armstrong talking to none other than oprah winfrey. >> reporter: lance armstrong is rewriting his own story, now reportedly admitting in an interview with oprah that he did in fact use performance enhancing drugs to win the tour de france. earlier, standing amidst a tear-filled room of 100 livestrong staff members, sources tell abc news armstrong took responsibility for the damage his actions have caused the live strong foundation. the cancer charity he founded and which helped turn him from athlete to global icon. it's not just about the drug, but the defiance. his categorical insistence that he never cheated, now coming back to haunt him. >> i have never doped.
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>> reporter: you could see it in his unflinching glare for more than a decade on tv, to fans, sponsors, and cancer survivors. >> the cynics and the skeptics, i'm sorry for you. i'm sorry that you can't dream big and sorry you don't believe in miracles. >> reporter: even under oath. >> i've never taken drugs. >> reporter: sources say he's attempting to apologize by phone to a select few former friends, including lloyd landis, who broke his silence in 2010 and sparked armstrong's downfall. >> i think the team had become paranoid that the police was watching the hotel rooms. >> reporter: with you can a tell-all with oprah repair disgrace? >> he's at a point where he realizes he lost the game. >> reporter: the stakes are huge. lance armstrong risks hurting himself even more in the hopes of winning sympathy and restoring a lost reputation. authorities tell abc news that lance armstrong is now in talks
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with the federal government about returning potentially some of the millions paid by the u.s. postal service to sponsor armstrong's tour de france winning team. they also say that armstrong is talking with authorities about cooperating and naming names. quite a turn. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> there's a financial part of this in terms of sponsorship money. you have the legal part. he may now rat on others. and he lied in court and that's perjury. >> and we get to see the lies. not so difficult to prove. he was on larry king denying it, and for prosecutors, the issue is going to be he was so defiant over such a long period of time, in addition to perjuring himself in front of law enforcement folks. i don't see the comeback that
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he's probably hoping for. >> the reason he would rat on other people or other officials is that perhaps will lessen his lifetime ban from cycling. never compete at the same level. but very interesting. this reminds you of what your parents always say. if you do something wrong, just tell me. because if you lie it only makes it worse. case in point. six weeks after the murder-suicide involving kansas city chief linebacker belcher, there's new information about how much alcohol was in his system. his blood-alcohol was twice the legal limit when he shot his girlfriend, the mother of his baby girl, nine times. then he killed himself in front of his coach. the autopsy raises new questions whether police should have done more when they found him sleeping in his car. but they let belcher go. president obama is now at work laying out new plans for tougher gun control laws.
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the president says he knows he faces an uphill battle trying to get congress to go along with an assault weapons ban. but in the wake of the sandy hook massacre, mr. obama says he will consider using his executive powers to bring about change. a month after the newtown shootings, parents of the 20 children killed have joined together as a force for change. they've launched an anti-violence initiative called sandy hook promises. it's a way to honor their sons and daughters and help make sure no other parents ever suffer the same loss. jeremy richmond lost his 6-year-old daughter, avielle rose. >> like everyone here, we want to bring about changes that will stop a tragedy such as this from happening in any community ever again. because this can happen in any community. >> the sandy hook parents say they are ready to confront issues, including guns, mental health and school safety. >> interesting note here, in stratford, connecticut, next to
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newtown, a school may be renamed for one of the teachers killed in the tragedy, victoria soto. she was 27 years old. she's the one that died while shielding her kids. they may name a street after her, as well. she grew up there in stratford, connecticut. so many human faces to this thing. you think if any group has any sway over where the debate goes, those parent, their voices should be heard. perhaps more loudly than anybody else. >> you still see the grief on their faces. i guess you never get over something like that. but it seems so fresh on their faces. >> just a month. the house is expected to vote today on the second part of a bill that would deliver much-delayed aid to survivors of super storm sandy, as lawmakers square off over the $50 billion package, some residents in jersey affected by sandy are scrambling to find a new place to live. they just found out their trailer park will not reopen. they have just one month to remove or demolish their homes. the flu epidemic that's
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sidelined so many americans may be easing somewhat, but we're not out of the woods yet. especially at the office. abc's dr. richard besser tells us you could be putting yourself in danger just by showing up for work. >> reporter: the office is now a flu obstacle course. >> i'm sitting in my car, taking refuge from people in my work who have come in coughing and sneezing and sniffling. >> constantly washing my hands. since i'm in sales, i come into contact with a lot of people. >> all of my co-workers. have already been sick this season. >> reporter: watch how many touch a revolving door. 14 in just four minutes. what is a healthy worker to do? you can wipe down phones, keyboards, wash your hands. but the flu is about the air you breathe. in office meetings, one cough could send thousands of droplets into the air and they can stay in the air for 15 to 30 minutes, so the next people that walk in
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there breathe in the flu. try phone meetings. don't hang out at the water cooler. stay away from people. the smartest way to head off the epidemic is this, if you're sick, don't go to work. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. a minnesota woman is recovering from frostbite after spending 18 hours trapped in her car in freezing weather. nancy reberg's car veered off a road and into a pond friday night. there she stayed until a bicyclists rode by a day later. he called 911 and gave her a bag of chex mix. her very grateful husband said he can't wait to thank the bicyclist in person and give him a big hug. >> good samaritan. >> absolutely. >> and with the chex mix, that makes the day. >> unexpected guardian angels. you never know when they're going to cross you. here's a look at your weather. another chilly morning for los angeles and the southwest. snow showers in the northern
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rockies and dakotas. drenching downpours and cooler in the northeast with rain and sleet. >> 40s from boston to baltimore. 30s from dallas to detroit. 22 in minneapolis. 19 in fargo. and where i'll be landing in a few hours, 25 in salt lake city. what you do for your girlfriend is amazing. and this is amazing, as well. do you realize it was four years ago today that we started learning about a guy we now know simply as captain sully. yep, it was back on january 15, '09 that sully brought u.s. airways flight 1549 safely down in new york's hudson river. >> the plane is now at an aviation museum in charlotte. it was heading from new york to charlotte, but the plane's engines failed after bird strikes. >> amazingly, though, everybody survived. only five of the 155 people on board were actually injured. >> and i remembered his voice when they played the tape for
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everyone. he's like, we're going down in the hudson. >> he was so calm, that was the thing. you hear horrible stories about pilots these day. that guy, a hero that day, that's for sure. coming up next, the national celebration today that tops them all. cutting a major household expense, your cell phone bill. our experts discover savings you may be missing every month. you're watching "world news now." "world news now" weather brought to you by lunesta. ing ag have given way to sleeping. where sleepless nights yield to restful sleep. and lunesta®(eszopiclone) can help you get there. like it has for so many people before. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving, or engaging in other activities while asleep, without remembering it the next day,
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♪ well, it's almost impossible these days to go without a cell phone. yours is right there, as always. but between the minutes, the data usage, the bills can hurt the budget. >> some estimated $52 billion spent on cell phone plans is money wasted. abc's paula faris shows us how to save the big bucks. >> hi. >> reporter: he doesn't see his two young daughters nearly enough. a divorced dad splits his time with the ex. so they told us cell phones are the next best things. >> love you.
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>> love you, too, dad. >> reporter: who here has a cell firestone? bill is paying for three phones. how much is your bill? >> it's $311 right now. >> reporter: a bill that's weighed down by the extras, like texting and data. are much are you instagraming? >> every two hours. >> reporter: we're going to cut down bill's cost without cutting down on his family time. >> when i see this bill, i'm not happy about it. >> reporter: enter todd dunphy. for years, he worked at verizon, but he left to co-found savelovegive.com. on todd's site, you can make sure your plan is a perfect fit. all you have to do is plug in your phone number. >> we look at all the usage and charges and we compare it to what's available. bill was buying 8 gigabytes of
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data a month but only using 2 1/2. and by bundling talking and texting in one new plan, he could save big, nearly $1,200 a year. >> holy -- >> reporter: look for sneaky charges like roadside assistance and 411. tip number three, get your discount. tens of thousands of companies work with cell phone carriers to get their employees discounts. but the key, you have to ask for it. >> now this company was bought by ibm, they have a 23%, 24%, 25% discount. >> reporter: that's $200 a year simply by typing in his work e-mail address on his carrier's website. now all that's left for phil is switching plans. watch phil put our tips to the test. >> i'm going to go with that 6 gig plan. it will not extend my contract? >> reporter: it will put $1,368 back in phil's pocket this year. >> and that's real money. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, massachusetts.
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coming up still ahead, some very good news for our colleague and friend, robin roberts. >> she made a very big announcement yesterday. we'll let you hear it for yourself. stay with us. "world news now" continues after
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great news this morning. "good morning america" co-anchor rocking robin roberts says she's almost ready to come back to work. that is why this is, boom, one of our favorite stories of the day. >> yesterday, robin spoke live with her co-anchors and looked amazing while doing it. as abc's reena ninan tells, robin still has some time to heal, but eager to come on home. >> reporter: it's the news robin roberts has been eager to share.
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>> i can begin the process of returning to the anchor chair. i'm coming home. >> reporter: in a live interview from her home, "good morning america" anchor robin roberts announced she's mending well and plans to return to work. >> going to take it step by step. again, we're talking about weeks, not months. >> reporter: roberts took medical leave while seeking treatment for a bone marrow disorder. the condition developed while undergoing chemo therapy for breast cancer. >> this has been brutal. every day taking 10 or 15 tablets. whether you have enough energy to get out of bed. >> reporter: doctors gave her the thumbs up to return after her last bone marrow test showed no abnormalities. >> it's like an athlete coming off injured reserve. they don't go back to the starting lineup. >> reporter: while you won't see her on air immediately, she'll be doing dry runs to see how her body reacts.
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her immune system is still rebuilding. she's still unable to get a flu shot. doctors say her body won't respond to it. hugs are off limits for now. she said she would like to return in february, adding she has a day in mind that's personal to her. reena ninan, abc news, washington. >> she looks so great. she says the dry run may start next week, waking back up at 4:00 a.m. getting back to that schedule. >> you need to get your body readjusted. >> she's going to wake up at 4:00, hair, makeup, and when she feels right, she'll be back. she said the one thing she's not missed is the alarm clock. which every reporter can relate to. but she does look great. but almost 140 days ago since her transplant. so it's a remarkable recovery. >> it is, it is. >> strong family and strong faith, strong lady and she's coming back. a long road but she did it. >> she sure did. >> welcome back home, robin. see you soon.
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welcome back, ev to a very special mix. a lot of fashion stuff going on today. apparently, london men's fashion week came to a close last week. we wanted to share with you one of the highlights. basically it's called man summers. >> i like that. >> laced trim pieces, such as hot pants, cycling shorts. the suit jackets are very overcoats. >> oh, see. i understand that look. >> this is lacey lingerie for men. something a big hit for men during london's men's fashion week last week. >> i like these looks. >> you're a fan of this? >> i'm a fan of this, yes. >> you see a man on the beach, at the bar wearing that, you're like, i'm going to go for that? >> yes. >> if you were single. >> if they looked like that. that's a no brainer.
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>> to pull off that look, you have to be pretty cocky. next. it is national hat day. i love hats. i brought some of my favorite hats. i do fascinators. >> miss middleton, okay. >> that's my easter -- >> do you wear these things? >> absolutely. this is one of my faves. >> gives you a little cat sound. >> what is very interesting. arby's is celebrating national hat day and fans can get delicious deals for the arby's new chocolatep cake by visiting and signing a white house petition, because they want their company's ten gallon hat logo as the national hat of america. >> this is the only hat that you need. casual style. my north carolina tarheels hat. >> is that a yankees hat? >> no. >> i don't like that hat. >> this is a hat i got back on the morning show back in new orleans.
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we had a special guest with his own hat line pp they gave me one of these for posterity. >> nice. >> i would save this for church. it looks good. >> talking about fashion. there's a study about bags that i find fascinating. >> how you carry a bag tells a lot about your personal. first we have the commish. he's carrying his over his arm. >> it's an arm crook hook. that means empowerment. now we have -- >> jamie, one of our producers. >> this means you're lazy. and then we have amanda, our other producer. that means she's sort of insecure. which is how new yorkers carry their bags.
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this morning on "world news now," sorry cyclist. caught up in a far-reaching doping scandal, lance armstrong is now apologizing. >> why this is a very costly move for armstrong, who has denied for years that he's taken performance enhancing drugs. it's tuesday, january 15. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good tuesday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm sunny hostin. paula faris is on assignment. we'll get right to the armstrong apology in just a moment, because really that is, i think, the headline today. >> absolutely. and a complete fall from grace after years of strong, passionate denials to everybody. >> almost belligerent in his denial. >> to everybody, cameras, in court, to his sponsors, his friends.
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and now the truth has finally come out. also this morning, major developments in the gun control debate. the president may bypass congress to call for reforms, while one state is beating the feds, passing the nation's first gun reform deal since the newtown massacre. >> not the only state to take action. things are starting to unroll a little bit on that issue. later this half hour, an unlikely weapon in the war on obesity. how the maker of a sugary soft drink is joining the battle to fight fat. and she looked so fine sunday night at the golden globes. find out who is putting a stop to the rumors about the sexy and glamorous anne hathaway. that's coming up in "the skinny." before all of that, lance armstrong. sources say the disgraced former cycling champ is now talking to authorities about paying back some of the u.s. postal service's money, which it paid to sponsor one of armstrong's teams. >> that comes after an interview with oprah winfrey which he
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admitted cheating during his cycling career. abc's brandi hitt joins us with details. good morning, brandi. >> reporter: good morning rob and sunny. after years of lying to the world, and his fans, abc news has learned lance armstrong has finally admitted to doping. the question now is, can he save his tarnished career and reputation? lance armstrong has come clean according to abc news sources and confessed to oprah winfrey that he did in fact use performance enhancing drugs to win the tour de france. oprah tweeted, just wrapped with lance armstrong. more than 2 1/2 hours. he came ready. one source even said the interview was emotional at times. for years, armstrong was insistent he never used drugs. >> i have never doped. >> reporter: even under oath. >> i can't be clearer that i've never taken drugs. >> reporter: but he appeared to go on an apology tour. sources tell abc news, armstrong
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stood before live strong staff members, the charity he founded, and took responsibility for the damage his actions have caused the foundation. >> i think he believes very earnestly that he's got to move forward and he's at a place where he's nowhere left to move other than make this apology. >> reporter: and remember his teammates who broke their silence, sparking the downfall of the former champion. >> i think the team had become paranoid the police was watching the hotel room. >> reporter: sources say armstrong is also attempting to apologize to former friends. >> it's stunning that he's doing this. this but i think it shows it's a window into lance's world and how desperate he is and how much he misses competing. >> reporter: lance armstrong's interview with oprah is set to air on thursday. and the u.s. anti-doping agency offered to reduce his lifetime ban if he did come forward. rob and sunny, back to you. >> thanks, brandi. >> almost a total fall from grace. plus there's the legal issue. besides the financial issue, the legal issue, he denied in court that he had ever used drugs. that's perjury. >> and we know people have gone down for that.
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especially sports athletes, remember marion anderson. >> yeah. >> i just wonder if he does, if he, he comes clean now and i suppose the rumor is he wants to still compete. does that make sense? he's 41 years old. he's got this huge scandal and he belligerently denied these accusations. how do you come back from that? i know that this is a start. i'm just not so sure he'll ever be able to compete again. >> not at the same level and probably not in the tour at all. also this is interesting, too. he's going to testify against officials from the international cycling union, but not against actual players or actual other cyclists. but officials with that governing body. and also could work in a federal whistleblower with the department of justice about a cycling team sponsored by the u.s. postal service. so he has the ability to rat out
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a lot of officials and people. so his next steps legally should be fascinating because it's going to continue to unravel. >> perhaps if he's being advised, it will be a way for him to avoid any real penalties, any jail time. he needs to cooperate. >> but his credibility is so damaged. what kind of witness is he going to make? >> i know. moving on to other news this tuesday morning. president obama has started weighing his options as he takes action with plans for tougher gun control laws. the president says he knows he faces an uphill fight, trying to get congress to go along with an assault weapons ban. in the wake of the sandy hook elementary school massacre, mr. obama said he will consider using executive powers to bring about change. >> if there's a step we can take to save even one child from what happened in newtown, we should take that step. >> the president is reviewing proposals from vice president
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biden who was asked to head up a task force to stop gun violence. more details are expected later this week. new york state is not waiting for federal action to crack down on guns. governor andrew cuomo and state lawmakers reached a deal on the country's first new gun control measure following the newtown shooting. the senate voted late last night and today the assembly is expected to approve some of the most restrictive gun laws in america, including tougher background checks and expanded assault weapons ban. former president george h.w. bush wakes up at home today for the first time in almost two months. he was released from a hospital in houston yesterday. he was admitted back on november 23rd for treatment of bronchitis and a bad cough. mr. bush, who is 88 years old, released a statement saying he's deeply grateful for the care he received and all the get-well wishes. as the flu continues to spread across the country, hospitals are cracking down on workers who simply refused to
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get a flu shot. patients are allowed to turn down the vaccine, but many doctors and nurses are not being given that option. at least 15 nurses and other hospital staff have been fired over the past two months for not getting the shot. opponents cite allergies, religious reasons and concerns over the vaccine's effectiveness. that is interesting that they could refuse to get it. i mean, the reasons are understandable. >> i don't know that they can really refuse. the flu outbreak forced another school district to close this time in southern illinois. public health experts to call off classes for three days. more than 50 students there came down with the flu, and that's more than 20% of the student population. and some daycare centers have shut down, as well. >> we're trying to bleach the toys with an extra strong solution of bleach. we do clean them regularly, but to hopefully prevent some of the extra germs, we're doing some extra cleaning.
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>> once schools reopen thursday, every student will have to get their temperature taken to make sure they're well enough to go to school. and a major announcement later today from the nation's largest retailer. walmart says it will hire more than 100,000 military vets over the next five years. the hiring program officially kicks off on memorial day, may 27. the company says it will hire every veteran who wants a job, provided he or she left the service within the last year without a dishonorable discharge. and apple might not be waiting too much longer before releasing another new ipad. the ipad 4 came out last october and now there's word the ipad 5 will be released in march. it's believed it will be lighter and thinner than the current version. also now expected in march is the second generation of the ipad mini. >> it never stops. a bit of a bummer story here, i guess. sleeping may soon be banned at the public library in iowa city, iowa.
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the current rule is that library visitors can sleep and workers wake anyone up who happens to be snoring. but some staffers and library users have complained that sleepers make them uncomfortable and they also take up limited space there in the library. the issue will be considered by the library's trustees next week. >> libraries are the best place to catch a quick nap. my goodness. scrooges over there. a basketball shot that's unlikely to be repeated this season. it happened in atlanta at halftime at a hawk's game. >> a season ticketholder would win $1,000 for hitting a half court shot. wait for it, wait for it. it's up and oh, that is where the ball ended up, right on back of the rim. >> it was such a rare occurrence that the hawks did the right thing and gave the guy his $1,000 prize anyway. good for him. >> i like it. not only did he make his money, the hawks won the game. enjoy the cash, dude. coming up in "the skinny," how justin bieber is responding to complaints about his
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♪ in perfect harmony ♪ i would like to buy the world a coke and keep it company ♪ you're getting into it. look at you. go ahead, girl. >> i used to sing that all the time as a child. >> really? >> i'm totally dating myself. >> i'm sure your parents loved it. >> you just heard my singing skills. we've come a long way from celebrating sugary goodness in a bottle with a little harmony. between pressure from lawmakers and anti-obesity advocates, these are tough times for soft drink makers. >> so coca-cola has unveiled a new ad campaign that sings a very different tune. here's abc's jim avila. >> ice cold coca cola. >> reporter: coca cola in 1961, advertising the original coke as a diet beverage. >> there's no waistline worry with coke. >> reporter: now most studies say that's not true. so a new ad from coke, claiming to be part of the obesity
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solution, not the problem. >> of more than 650 beverages, we now offer over 180 low and no calorie choices. >> reporter: coke buying a cable ad blitz reacting to a full-fledged assault on sugary sodas that include school bans, proposed taxes and an often mocked new york city effort to eliminate large sizes. >> oh, no, i'm on the run from johnny law. >> reporter: but many feel it's no joke. after all, the average american gets 45 gallons of sugary soft drinks a year. that's 1 1/2 barrels of soda pop. in fact, sugary sodas are the single largest source of calories in the american diet. even this small can have some six sugar cubes in it. the regular size, 14 sugar cubes. and this super big gulp, some 32 sugar cubes. critics argue they're not just ordinary calories either. they're empty of nutrition and
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don't tell the body it's full. >> with beverages, we'll drink the calories and consume more food on top of those calories. >> reporter: coke's new commercial promotes exercise programs to work off what you drink. but for the world's largest soda maker today, it's no coke and a smile. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> yes, indeed. coming up next, is she or isn't she? the big question that anne hathaway is facing. and controversial comments by howard stern that led to another high-profile apology. that's coming up next in "the skinny." world news now" continues
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♪ skinny, so skinny skinny in the house! >> you sound like a wounded wolf. >> does willis have the flu? >> are you doing all right, willis? >> i'm fine. >> you got your flu shot? >> i'm all right, guys. i'm fine. >> it's interesting. we were talking about anne hathaway yesterday. i thought she looked gorgeous in that sort of white chanel. but then julian ransic started this big rumor saying that anne hathaway was pregnant. i don't know, when i looked at her dress, she didn't look preggers to me. she didn't look like she was
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hiding a baby bump to me. she looked very, very thin. now her publicist, her spokesman has moved very quickly to dismiss the gossip saying no, she's not pregnant. so for all of you on twitter and facebook, anne hathaway is not expecting. >> that's the official word. glad we clarified that. >> she looked gorgeous. >> she looked great, she did. also, howard stern back in the news again. apparently he went on his show last monday and took aim at lina dunn, the girl there on the left, start of the big hit "girls," which she stars in, directs, writes. she's a huge hit. she just won a golden globe for her role. not only did she win, but the show won. any way, last monday, stern got on his show and called her a little fat girl who kind of looks like jonah hill. "i learned that this little fat chick writes and directs the show, and that makes sense to me because she's such a camera hog and the other characters are barely on." he went on the air and complained about her. >> he has a lot of nerve. >> then he took the word back.
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called it a hatchet job and put an olive job out and said he felt bad and has reached out to the show to have her come on the air and explain himself and perhaps apologize. says he's a huge fan of the show and he doesn't want her to get the wrong impression of what he thinks. >> how could she not get the wrong impression? he called her the f word. >> fat. >> i would never appear on his show. why should she help his ratings? moving right along. i don't like that. >> you're not a stern fan, i take it? >> i'm not, i'm not. >> howard, call her. >> don't call me names, howard. because i'm coming right back at you. >> game on. justin bieber, who i just think is very talented and really dealing with a lot of criticism, he's also getting criticism for his baggy pants. he wears a lot of baggy pants. well, he tweeted this instagram photo saying look, i wear skinny jeans, too. so everybody back up off me. i don't know, i like the baggy better. the skinny looks a little like
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meggings. >> i rather you sag than be all wrapped up in some skinny jeans. >> i'm not feeling it. >> it's a weird look to me. whatever, biebs. it doesn't matter. jackie chan is in the news. i never knew about his politics, but here you go. in an interview on chinese television, called america, "the most corrupt country in the world." you should know that jackie is a supporter of the chinese communist party. he admitted china has its own corruption issues. in addition to human rights issues. but he also once said chinese people need to be controlled. otherwise they would do whatever they want. so he supports the communist party, but also takes aim at america. but see, he loves the money given to his movies. you took that money, didn't you, jackie? salute.
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♪ that song soothes my jackie chan anger. >> you were fired up. >> don't come take our money and talk about us. stay in your country and make the same money. see what happens. guys, let's face it. this is kind of a truth of life. a hot ride can be a chick magnet. >> but there's a new hot rod in town attracting a different kind of bird. this story from trent kelly in gainesville, florida. >> our bird, when he doesn't get the attention he wants, he screams. >> reporter: 29-year-old andrew
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gray was tired of listening to the loud screeching coming from his parents' pet parrot named pepper. >> it's really annoying. >> reporter: in an effort to stop him calling out for attention, he decided to put his computer engineering skills to test, creating the one and only bird buggy. >> most people are really surprised and they stare a lot because it doesn't seem right, it doesn't seem natural. >> reporter: he says it took him four months to build the buggy and another three just to get pepper on it. >> it took a lot just to get him on the perch. >> reporter: but after using treats, gray says it's been smooth sailing ever since, generating a lot of buzz among his friends. >> they're surprised. it's a really odd sight to see an animal driving a robot. in fact, i haven't seen anything like it on the internet. >> reporter: in fact, pepper's youtube video has racked up close to 800,000 views, making the parrot, and more
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importantly, his owner, very happy. >> pepper looks like he's having a good time. i don't know if he is or isn't, but he likes the treats. so he participates. >> reporter: reporting from gainesville, florida, i'm trent kelly for abc news. >> parrots are very smart birds. so he was able to learn how to do that. i love animals. i like birds. i have birds. well, i had a bird. petey died recently. >> what was it, a car crash? how did petey die? >> of natural causes. i don't know. he just died. >> i'm sorry to hear that. you do love birds. >> you don't like birds. >> i'm not -- you now how i feel about it. but i'm glad petey is getting around. got his little horn on the car. this is "abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades.
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this morning, the gun debate. >> strong words from the president, as his task force releases his plan for action as soon as today. but it's not just washington getting ready to act. emotional parents in newtown, connecticut, talk about their own plans. armstrong's admission. the bombshell confession after years of denial. lance armstrong admits to doping. so, will the post office get back millions in sponsorship dollars? facebook surprise. reporters have been summoned to the silicon valley company today. but why? rumors abound, as speculation grows. and robin's good news. planning her comeback to morning tv with an emotional message to her fans. good morning. i'm sunny hostin, in for

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